Citra Splendor | Manor Hill Brewing

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Citra SplendorCitra Splendor

Brewed by:
Manor Hill Brewing
Maryland, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.30%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Welcome to the world of bright, citrus and tropical fruit forward IPA’s. This divinely hoppy brew will clock in at 83 IBUs and will pour a hazy golden color with a big white head. Aromas of lemon peel, tangerine, and passion fruit come through on the nose with some dank undertones. The flavor profile begins with an intense hop bitterness that is complimented by slightly sweet, caramel malt in the finish.

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Photo of TripleSun
4.31/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I'm loving this release. Dated 3/7/2017 poured into my Tired Hands goblet

L - Autumn/light red amber color going on
S - This nose is so vibrant with citrus. lemon, grapefruit and apricot many others I'm sure and has a slight gummy bear sweetness to the nose
T - Mouth follows nose more or less and has a certain relaxed caramel finish
F - Very drinkable for 8.3% and has a nice sticky hop bite that isn't overwhelming

I'm looking forward to try more from these guys and really enjoyed this one.

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Photo of John_M
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the Manor Hill Tavern the other day.

The beer pours a light orange amber color with good head retention and lacing. On the nose, this is really quite impressive, as I pick up considerable tropical fruit, orange citrus, pine and dank weed. This smells like a serious, big boy IPA/DIPA. The flavor profile replicates the nose fairly closely, with the alcohol very well integrated into the flavor profile. Frankly, I think the 8.3% abv. is a very nice level of alcohol for this DIPA, and the beer wasn't the least bit boozy or hot Even so, you can tell this is sizeable IPA, with a considerable amount of noticeable tropical fruit, citrus and pine. Fortunately, there's more than enough bitterness to counter and balance the tropical fruit, and ultimately the finish was quite dry and bitter. Mouthfeel is medium bodied to full, and I thought drinkability was terrific.

Very impressive DIPA from Manor Hill. Fresh and on draft, this beer is flat out terrific. Would order this again in a heartbeat.

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Photo of EtOHbro
3.4/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I started my account just so I could provide my 2 cents on this beer. In short: overhyped and damn expensive.

L: Hazy dark-golden beer with a one-finger head. minimal lacing, rich, fine bubbles

S: Citra, almost so aromatically citrus I wonder if there's orange peel in there as well. None reported on can or on their website

T: Man... this just fell flat. As the name suggests, citra all the way. People complained about some degree of cloying bitterness but honestly, it was pretty mild imo. Opens with strong hop character, classic citra notes of orange mixed with a clean pine. Definitely the predominant flavor, and it's there from start to finish. Ends cleanly with a slight sweetness and bitterness on the tongue. Tanginess absent. 8.3% abv well-hidden.

F: Flat, flat, flat, flat. Reasonable carbonation would have been welcome to further "crisp" up the beer. Gave the impression of juice cut with seltzer. Smooth down the throat. Cver so slightly thicker than average.

O: In short, I felt jipped. This tastes like an imitation citradelic. Sure it's a local beer and all that, but it's overpriced and overhyped.

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Photo of larryi86
4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can, dated 1/3/17, poured into a teku

A- A hazy burnt orangish color with a two finger white head.

S- Some tropical fruits, citrus, citrus rind, touch of alcohol and malts, a faint vegetable like aroma.

T- Citrus, tropcial fruits, a little dank, piney finish, touch a caramel malts.

M- Smooth, medium body.

O- A solid citra IIPA. Worth picking up.

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Photo of mmthompson33
4.44/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was canned 1/3/17 and is phenomenal. They must have tweaked the recipe, since I had it in the past and it was a bit metallic and medicinal, not quite as smooth. It pours a very hazy orange, and has the smooth mouthfeel of a classic New England IPA. Not quite top tier like Treehouse Haze, but in the same vicinity. This should fly off the shelves in the DC Baltimore area.

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Photo of Harrison8
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a burnished, foggy orange with a finger of off-white head. Head retention is moderate, with lacing dotted here and there. Aroma teeming with wonderful hop notes. Pineapples, mangoes, and oranges give Citra Splendor a wonderful mouth watering fruity aroma. Resin hops, and biscuit malts sit back stage to the center light of the tropical fruits. Mangoes, papayas, and pineapple open the flavor profile up, evoking memories of days spent on beaches, or simply walking down a tropical fruit aisle at the health food store. A slight sticky resin hop note with some biscuit malts help substantiate the otherwise fruity flavor. Despite the heavy presence of fruit, the beer does taste a bit heavier. Make no mistake, it doesn't sip lightly like some fruity IPAs. Mouth feel enhances the boldness of the flavor with its medium-thick consistency and texture. There is certainly a presence in the body and feel of this beer, making it easy to sip and savor. Overall, Citra Splendor is a wonderfully done imperial IPA. The citra hops stand out boldly, while refraining from giving this beer a bitter, back-handed IPA bite.

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Photo of nimrod979
3.79/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Canned 10/21 Reviewed 11/26 Poured into a standard pint glass.

L: A slightly hazes orange copper with a thin white head. That fades quickly and leaves no noticeable traces in the glass.

S: Orange rind, Orange juice. Grapefruit. A bit of resiny dankness.

T: Follows suit to the aroma but with a candied orange sweetness. Orange & lemon peel, with notes of tropical fruit. A slight medicinal flavor possibly attributed to the sweetness and alcohol content. Faint underlying caramel malt.

F: Low carbonation, slightly thin with a syrupy coating through the finish but drinks oh so smooth for 8.3%

O: A pretty solid DIPA. One that really gets sought out and sells out quickly upon release in MD.

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Photo of Nightmare1972
4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very inconsistent unfortunately, but when it is on point this beer is very good, not 100 percent juice bomb but it hazy and has alot of citra aromas #drinklocal

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Photo of hoppytobehere
2.95/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

On tap at Meridian Pint in DC.

Hops: Citra, not sure what else

Been wanting to try this one for a while now, but what a disappointment. This beer is a mess and I really can't understand why anyone would rate this highly. Citra is such a great hop, but all of those delicious citrus, tropical fruit notes are taken over by this harsh medicinal quality. This beer was hard to finish. Over-hyped by the locals, I'm afraid.

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Photo of BillRoth
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at MH tasting room. Decent IPA featuring the ever popular Citra hop. Thought it a pleasant not too in your face beer. Didn't stand out but would definitely order again.

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Photo of mynie
2.52/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours very limp. The can made no Chick-coo, nor even a little hiss. Looks hazy and minimally carbonated with nary a head to be seen.

Smells sweet. Clear citra hops (good) against off medicinal nodes (bad). The citra can blot out much, but not everything.

Tastes, sadly, as it smells. Citra up front, medicinal weirdness in the middle and back. Cough syrup nodes hang upon my tongue. It's not, like Minhas-level horrible. I can finish it. But it's not the sort of thing I would ever allow people to purchase.

Basically an okay homebrew. Not nearly worth what they charge.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Paul! Bright orange body with a mild haze. Quarter inch of off-white head. Bready malts, pine, juicy citrus. Lingering biscuit character with grapefruit tang. Tasty.

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Photo of leroybrown10
4.31/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a bright orange-gold. Quite a bit a haze and opacity. Large eggshell head is fairly dense. Moderate amount of lacing.

Big citrus aroma. Orange rind and lemon peel in particular. Undertones of mango and pineapple. Light doughy malt.

Really get the orange on first sip. Lemon, tangerine, and a touch of grapefruit. Mango as well. Caramel malt as a mild balance.

Medium body with medium carbonation. Citric bitterness. Lingering orange and a very strong hop bite on the finish.

Really well done. Big, classic citra characteristics. Just enough malt but still a hop showcase.

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Photo of bubseymour
4.7/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Canned on 4/25/16 (10 days record for my area distributor). Kinda murky and dark orange. Small head. Smell is a citrus delight. I've had only a few others that beat this one in aroma but this is pretty darn top notch. Taste is extremely powerful on hop goodness but a really big malt background to balance and finishes extremely smooth and only a touch bitter. Touch of onion in the flavor but the citrus pretty much steals the show here. Mouthfeel is very rich and creamy for an IPA. Overall this is a stellar DIPA. Highly recommend.

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Photo of beertunes
3.24/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to beatjunkee for the ninja box from NBS BIF #3. Poured into 10oz goblet from 16oz can. Poured a cloudy, opaque even, orange-yellow color with just a thin cap of white head that dissipated quickly, leaving just a ring, and light lacing.

A big blast of citrusy hops hit the nose as soon as I cracked the can. On closer olfactory inspection, there was a bit of pine in the background, and very faint grains. The floral tones were along the sides of the tongue, that then mixed with the citrus at the back for a slightly bitter finish.

The body was pretty light for an ImpIPA, but coated the palate well, and had a nicely lingering finish. Drinkability was good, I knocked the pint off in a prompt manner, and enjoyed the process. Overall, a pretty nice brew. Personally, I prefer a clearer, cleaner looking brew, and one with a bit more body. But, at least this one had enough personality and presence to hang around and remind you that it had visited. It didn't slink meekly away, leaving you to wonder, a few seconds later, whether you had taken a sip or not. Worth trying if you see it.

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Photo of Xenoreactive
4.36/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thank you ThisWangsChung!

Preliminary: Canned about 3/4 weeks ago. Popped open to level off 3 oz straight out of the can. Poured 13 oz into a snifter.

Look: Beautiful. Love the rich and opaque density this is displaying. Pretty amber/orange color! Nice retention with a head that dissipates within 45 seconds. Unfiltered is the way to go when it comes to IPAs (personal opinion).

Smell: Has some light grassy notes, but is truly dominated by pineapple, mango and citrus. This is a bouquet of fruits. Almost has a corn syrup profile to it.

Taste: Orange juice, grapefruit zest, lemon rind, lychee, pineapple, currant and mandarin. A delicious assortment of fruity assertiveness.

Feel: 8.3%? This drinks far too easily. It's refreshing and coating due to its density and viscous profile. Has a rewarding richness to it.

Overall: Splendiferous indeed. Will be seeking out some upon my next Baltimore visit.

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Photo of jacewg
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

4-pack from Downtown Crown Wine and Beer.

Appearance: Pouring 1/2 of the can into a glass yields a clear, deep copper beer with hints of orange. Pouring the second half hazes things up completely. Both look great.

Smell: This is Citra. And actually a good gauge of whether or not you like Citra. Bright citrus, mango, melon, pineapple. Melds really well with the malt character here which while not huge, gives a bit of candied sweetness to the hop character. Touches of grass and dank.

Flavor: The flavor follows the aroma closely. Bright citrus, mango, pineapple, with a sweet malt backbone. The candied citrus flavor on this baby is high. Fairly sweet malt backbone that would be over the top if not for all of the great, intense hop flavor.

Feel: Finish is long and a bit resiny with great sweet citrus character and medium bitterness. Generally a bit to sweet for my liking. Doesn't totally dry out in the finish. Still quite good.

Overall: Super well constructed. Manor Hill is legit.

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Photo of SomethingClever
3.94/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16 oz can poured into Spiegelau glass canned on 2/25/16

A: bright orange but very murky almost looks like a fake orange medium sized white head

S: lots of tangerine and a little bit of cantaloupe and lemon and grass and a little bit of a sweet caramel end but very light

T: very citrus forward with a slight bit of alcohol bitterness lots of lemon and grassiness with more f the alcohol on the end

M: thick syrupy a little cloying

O: This is a pretty tasty beer but the booziness is overwhelming this is not a beer you drink first. I think if you have a few under your belt it might be a bit smoother, but the alcohol is a turn off.

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Photo of stakem
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pounder can poured into a snifter. The brew appears a golden copper color with a white cap that fades leaving spotty lace.

Aroma is quite juicy with hops smelling tropical like pineapple and other assorted fruitiness like peaches and mango even. A faint herbal edge of grassy leafy hops and alcohol.

Taste has plenty of fruity hop flavor like pineapple, peach and mango giving it a solid tropical feel along with a solvent to fruity yeast/alcohol kick. There is a bit of residual sweetness though too thats bready to biscuit-like and caramelized sugars accenting the fruity nature of the hops.

This is medium in body with modest carbonation. A very fresh and inviting hoppy beer but man is it sweet. I personally never heard of this beer nor brewery but we stopped at a place called downtown crown in Gaithersburg enroute to DC and there was an endless stream of people attacking the coolers buying this. It was a scene out of what I imagine buying Heady Topper would be like up in the northeast. We inquired and were told this was their first canning and it was really something special. So we sprung for the $18 4-pack. Its a good brew dont get me wrong, I just dont think its that good.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
3.64/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Golden body with hints of orange. Slight haze and a fizzy off-white head on top. Aroma has some citrus and tropical fruit, along with a noticeable grassy note. Flavor is much of the same, citrus and tropical fruit being taken over by a very grassy, vegetal flavor. Almost how you would imagine a fresh hop bine would taste. This is not normally the flavor I get from Citra hops, so perhaps this is a blend, or they are slightly different due to being grown locally? Feel is very nice, medium-full bodied, very nice medium carbonation level. Overall this is an okay DIPA, but I do not think it has the traditional Citra hop flavor. Really drinkable though, but no where near worth the steep price tag.

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Photo of rjd722
4.66/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Canned 2/25/16

Look: Hazy, golden-orange with a decent white foam head. Some lacing and good retention.

Aroma: Slightly dank, fresh orange juice, light grapefruit, and very clean. Pine and grass coming through as well along with sweet caramel malts.

Taste: Another reviewer noted the same thing, but the taste is exactly what you'd expect from the aroma. Super fresh orange juice and citrus zest are apparent from the loads of citra hops. Dank, slightly resinous pine too.

Feel: Wow. Super smooth and surprisingly light. The bitterness and carbonation is spot on. A wildly drinkable DIPA.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25


Pours a hazy copper color. Nah, forget hazy - this is downright turbid. The head is a finger high and eggshell in shade. Retention is excellent and the texture is creamy. For an unfiltered brew, this is extremely attractive.

Seems like Manor Hill went less for a full-blown orange juice aroma and more for a monstrously dank one. I pick up nice amounts of grapefruit zest and orange peel, backed by a light amount of caramel malt sweetness. It's also quite piny, quite grassy, and even a bit weed-like. Judging from the level of dankness, I'd swear this had some Mosaic in it (though there's less onion than a typical Mosaic-hopped DIPA). While it's not the most in your face aroma ever, it smells like a great DIPA that nails all the right notes.

Taste follows the nose almost word-for-word. The tropical notes of Citra I like (melon and mango) are there - except they're subtle when compared to the massive, pithy grapefruit quality that opens it up. Some lemon also shows up. A touch of caramel malt finishes it off, and luckily it's hardly enough to overshadow the citrus. This is an amazingly bold-tasting DIPA that retains a level of structural balance, and I love it. Only niggle is that I could use a bit more complexity.

I always love the feel of an unfiltered DIPA, and this is no exception. This first hits the palate with a full, creamy feel; it leaves the palate with a crisp (not clean) dryness. It does linger on the tongue a little sweetly, but hey it's a DIPA. Drinkability is off the charts regardless, thanks to perfect levels of carbonation. In fact, this is EXACTLY how I want all DIPAs I drink to feel like.

Manor Hill's first batches were painfully underwhelming. Hell, the first time I had this, I found it (wait for it) painfully underwhelming. I'm so damn happy to report that the cans are FAR better. In fact, I'd even say this is now Maryland's best DIPA (either this or Evo's Lot 6), partly thanks to its dank, citrusy assault, and partly thanks to the exemplary mouthfeel. I bought a case of it, and I'm not sad about that fact. No, I'm thinking that I should take one more 4-hour round trip drive and pick up another case of it.

4.25/5: Splendorous indeed

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Photo of Scubajose
4.37/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Very hazy, no sediment, and the color is spot on.
Smell: Not too potent, but very dank with a little fruitiness with it.
Taste: Huge citrus taste with orange, grapefruit, even a little lemon.
Feel: Very drinkable, especially at 8.3%.

Overall: They definitely nailed it with this batch. This brewery will be making noise soon.

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Photo of scbeerman
3.87/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This is a solid DIPA, I'd probably get it again.
Appearance: slightly chill-hazed amber/orange color which clears as it warms; little head and no retention or lacing
Smell: sweet caramel malts followed by orange and a hint of grapefruit
Taste: once again, orange and light grapefruit balanced out by sweet malt and noticeable bitterness. A little on the simple side to be a great ipa, but tasty nonetheless.
Feel: a little thick for 8.3%, not terrible though
Overall: Not bad for a reasonably priced double IPA. Not the best and certainly not among the top tier of southern DIPAs, but worth the $3.50 pint at a bar.

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Photo of bluehende
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one is right up my alley. I am a big fan of Citra hops and this beer keeps the freshness of that hop in a pretty big beer. Very nice aroma also.

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